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Sally Ride

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Sally Ride

1st American Woman in Space


Who was Sally Ride?

Sally Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. In 1983 she became the first American woman in space when she flew on the space shuttle Challenger. She also became the youngest American astronaut in space at the age of 32, a record she still holds today. Sally Ride was also the only person to participate on both committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters.

In 2011 Sally Ride was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She died just seventeen months later. In 2013 President Barack Obama posthumously awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

Famous Kin

Sally Ride has a relatively close family connection to the actor Steve McQueen through their shared ancestors of Thomas McQueen and his wife Sarah Vaughn. Sally Ride also appears to have royal ancestry. The late William Reitwiesner claimed that Sally Ride was a descendant of Joseph Richardson and Elizabeth Bevan. Mr. Reitwiesner shared Joseph Richardson's parents Samuel and Eleanor Richardson as common ancestors with Ms. Ride. Unfortunately Mr. Reitwiesner did not give any evidence to support this claim which is why it is marked as “probable” in the Famous Kin charts. It is through Elizabeth Bevan that Sally Ride can claim royal ancestry.

False Claim

Mary Dugan is the probable 5th great-grandmother of Sally Ride. Some of Mary Dugan's descendants have claimed that Mary is the daughter of Jeremiah Dungan and Deborah Drake. This appears to be false as Mary Dungan is said to have married Abraham Vanhorn and not Joseph Richardson. Mary was Abraham's first wife and died before him as he remarried after her death to Mary Van Sciver.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Sally Ride

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin 2 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

19th cousin 1 time removed
via John of Gaunt

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

5th cousin 15 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 1 time removed
via John of Gaunt

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Warin Trussell

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Alexander Spotswood

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

9th cousin 11 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

15th cousin 5 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

15th cousin 3 times removed
via James Touchet

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T. S. Eliot

Poet and Playwright

13th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas Stradling

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Gretchen Mol

TV and Movie Actress

20th cousin
via John of Gaunt

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Arthur Ryerson

RMS Titanic Victim

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Edward III, King of England

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Lord Charles Cornwallis

British Commander at Siege of Yorktown

13th cousin 7 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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DuBose Heyward

Author of Porgy (Porgy & Bess)

18th cousin 2 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Alan Napier

TV and Movie Actor

17th cousin 3 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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John Fairfield

13th and 16th Governor of Maine

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Edward III, King of England

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Ralph Fiennes

Movie Actor

19th cousin 1 time removed
via John of Gaunt

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes

English Polar Explorer

18th cousin 2 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes

English Polar Explorer

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Warin Trussell

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Warin Trussell

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Rev. William Skepper

(c1597 - c1650)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

10th cousin 11 times removed
via Edward III, King of England

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Winthrop Rockefeller

37th Governor of Arkansas

18th cousin 2 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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John Mansfield

(c1601 - 1674)
Susan & Ellen passenger 1635

9th cousin 11 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Boris Johnson

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

20th cousin 1 time removed
via John of Gaunt

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Boris Johnson

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Edmund of Langley

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Alice (Lee) Roosevelt

First Wife of President Theodore Roosevelt

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Warin Trussell

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